“Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” ~ Barack Obama
Part of being human is striving to understand your life’s purpose — that single most significant reason for which you were placed here. Because most people do not wish to pass through this life quietly, unnoticed and unremembered once they’re gone. Most want to leave behind meaningful legacies as proof that they were here and that they mattered enough to somehow impact the world they lived in.
So, what can you do?
To begin with, disregard all sense of “supposed to.” The operative word in the phrase, “make your mark on the world,” is “your.”
Decide what’s meaningful to you. Consider what activities you partake in, ideas you have, ambitions you harbor, causes you’re committed to, or current events you stumble across that send the strongest tingles down your spine.
Assess your natural talents and acquired skill sets. What are you good at that can allow you to contribute most positively and significantly to those people, ideas, causes or activities you’ve determined as most meaningful?
Decide how you would like to be known and remembered — or what effects you’d like your accomplishments to leave behind as this will define “your” mark.
Seize the day — every day. It is easy to become so caught up in the distractions and demands of everyday life and survival. However, in efforts to leave your mark on the world, you cannot afford to take a single day for granted because you don’t know which will be your last. Take at least one step forward in the direction of your goals each day.
When challenges occur, view them not as setbacks, but as obstacles in place to strengthen you. For each one of us has a specific reason why we were brought upon this Earth. Know this to be true, as you allow your gift to be shared with the world.